Friday, April 27, 2012

Wine Bottle Torches

Well now that we have a deck, pergola, and lighting, the only thing that we really NEEDED to enjoy our wine beer mixed drinks dinner good-times out on the deck, was a way to get rid of all the pesky little night-time critters... and by critters, I mean mosquitoes...

Little known fact between me and these winged creatures of the night, we have had an on going battle for the past 26 years... Its a love/hate relationship. And by that I mean they LOVE me and I HATE them.  Seriously, Im outside for 5 minutes and I come back in looking like I have the chicken pox... I LOATHE mosquitoes... yes, LOATHE.
So when thinking of solutions to this problem, Chris kindly suggested tiki torches... and I kindly replied "over my dead body".

This beautiful deck/outdoor area will NOT be cheapened by tiki torches... no, just no.

Enter the Google, where I stumbled upon THIS website explaining how to make "Wine Bottle Tiki Torches".... GENIUS!!!
Full details of how to make these can be found on there website: HERE
Since this is their idea, and not mine, this post isnt going to be a "how to" but rather a "we'll try it and let you know how it goes"

First step first, we needed wine bottles, at least 6 of them.... (our friends our always willing to contribute to a good cause so each graciously helped provide at least one drank empty bottle)
 I let them soak in some hot water and soap to get the labels off (tip: scrubbing them with steel wool after helped get off all the little bits of glue)
 We then pre-ordered all our needed tools per the "how to" website via Lowe's and picked them up a few hours later (P.S- if you shop at Lowe's, you NEED to be using this service... it saved us TONS of time and we didnt have to scour the store asking "What isle can XX be found?" or "I'm probably starring right at it, but can you help me find XX?" We love it!)
 All in all total was a little over $3.75 for all the supplies per bottle... not too shabby! **side note: the only thing I would recommend is buying a 3/4" spliter instead of a 1" (it was too big)**

I was a little worried about the wicks and would DEFINITELY recommend getting the wick/bottle seal as tight as possible.





First time we tried this, ours was a little loose and they would only stay lit for about 3-5 minutes before going out... lesson learned: make the seal SUPER tight to suck up all the oil!
 We didnt flood the bottle with a ton of Tiki: BiteFighter (its the super-duper anti-mosquito oil because I am NOT taking any chances) but just left the tip about 1-2inches deep.
 Once everything was happy and built, we had to determine where we wanted them on our deck...
 We decided a little above eye level so 1. People could see them and 2. It was the height we determined was least likely to catch anyone on fire.... which is a bonus.
 
 Last drill just to make sure it was secure.
 Ok, so super pretty!!



I seriously couldnt wait until it was dark to light them! (P.S- they stuck out about 5 inches from the beam.  We were worried at first that this would look kind goofy, but they ended up being perfect and we didnt have to worry about them accidentally catching the wood on fire or leaving any scorch marks)
 Here's a pretty blue one...
 We decided that 5 bottles was the magic number and tried to put everyone parallel to the railing (except one beam that didnt have railing) to make sure they would stay (for the most part) out of everyone's way...
 A full deck view:
 And at night time??
 OMG i love them...
 The flame above looks pretty big/out-of-control but I promise they were pretty mellow (I tipped this one on its side to get a little more of the oil up in there for the best picture... only it turned out a little pyro-ie... ... ... hooray FIRE!!!)

I dont know if you noticed in our previous "lighting" post, but we had them out and lit for the little get together we had last week.
They worked perfect and I'm happy to report I didnt get bitten ONCE by any evil 'sequitos!! (probably because I was wearing jeans, boots, and a long sleeve shirt, but we'll go ahead and award it to the wine tiki torches)

So there you have it!!
Do you guys like em? Would you ever try something like this? Again, if you like em, check out that website and try em out!!









I would love your feedback!
-Samm
















59 comments:

  1. I just wanted to say I stumbled across your blog a couple months ago and I love it! You guys do so many cute/neat things. Love the wine bottle torches-even though we don't have deck I'm thinking I can use these somehow in our backyard.
    Anyway, keep up the great work!

    Laura :)

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  2. Loving this idea! I share your disdain for bugs and tiki torches. Thanks!

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  3. What a great alternative--WOW! Can't wait to show my husband this idea! I'd love for oyu to link up to my party as well @ http://qualitycheaphome.blogspot.com/2012/05/piece-of-cake-linky-party-6.html

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  4. This is genius!! And so, so pretty!! And I'm with you on the hate of mosquitoes! Bleh!! These turned out so great. So happy you linked up today!! Thanks for stopping by!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  5. Nice job, I'm about to make some of these myself! I can't decide how many to make...I have like 20 bottles but I think I might burn down my yard if I try to light that many at a time! :)

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  6. Brilliant! They look fabulous on your awesome deck which looks like it's being well used!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. These turned out great! Thanks for sharing the "how to", I've been thinking of making these for our yard. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  8. I am completely like you with mosquitos...if one is within a mile radius of me...it sniffs me out! These are so much classier than the tiki torches, I agree. I will have to look into the cost...I'm guessing not too difficult to make...maybe my husband and I could do along our fence...hum...something to ponder. We don't drink wine, but we have bottles from "sparkling cider" :) (ha...wild!!! I know!) Anyway, these are ADORABLE, as most anything you do! Thanks for linking up with us @ Toot Your Horn Tuesday!

    Erin

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  9. These are fabulous! I love how inexpensive they are without looking cheap. I'll have to remember this!

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  10. Great idea! My husband buys the tiki torches from Home Depot. They are cute but then the container starts leaking and we'll lose all the oil! I'm your newest follower!

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  11. I cannot wait to try this! Thanks again for linking up to last weeks party! I have another one up and running today. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.

    http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/2012/05/welcome-to-katie-from-quality-cheap.html

    Hope you’re having a great week!

    XO, Melissa

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  12. How fun and such a great idea. Love it. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  13. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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  14. Awesome! i am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  15. Great idea! Your deck is beautiful! I hate mosquitoes as well and they are already everywhere!

    Thanks so much for linking up for Functional Friday!

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  16. Very, very awesome! Your deck looks great. I bet you're going to get loads of use out of it. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize!

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  17. I do like them. I have purchased those little cheapy ones and always ended up throwing them away. These are so perfect and will still be around in a year. Just dropping in from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons to invite you to link this up at Freedom Fridays.
    PS I am now following you on Linky Followers:) Us Texas gals have to stick together:)

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  18. I absolutely love them. I love how your friends were happy to help your cause. We have great friends like these. I'm a new follower stopping over from stuff and nonsense Friday. I host a weekly link party on wednesdays and I'd love it if you added me to your list of parties.

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  19. I love this idea. It is so much better than bamboo. I might have to make a whole wall of these off of my deck, like a candle art piece. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  20. These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  21. OMGoodness! This is so awesome! I I have a pergola that I always wanted to hardwire lights to, but we're moving this summer and I never got around to that project. This would be fast and perfect!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    --Katie @ Creatively Living

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  22. This is such a fabulous idea! I am so glad that you joined us this week! You porch is just perfect!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  23. Featuring you this week at Mop It Up Monday! ;)

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  24. You have been featured this week on the Creative Corner Hop. Feel free to stop by and grab the "In the Spotlight" button from my sidebar. :)

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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  25. FBing this today! (and featuring it tonight).

    Thanks for sharing it!
    --Katie @ Creatively Living

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  26. LOVE this idea!! They look great and serve a purpose too! Win-win! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays! By the way, your featured on Truly Lovely today!!! :)

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  27. They look really great and hopefully you can now enjoy your beautiful deck with no bugs!

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  28. That is too clever! Thanks for sharing this great project. I'm visiting from the Tell it to me Tuesday link party.

    Carolyn
    {My Simple MESSterpiece}

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  29. Thank you so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/05/your-whims-wednesday-60-and-features.html

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  30. Darling + functional. So very good. My only concern is: are these flames save with those wooden beams?? I hope so. Thank you for linking it up at our link party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ As always, I love your ideas, and look forward what you'll bring us this week, as a brand new party will open today!

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    1. Rose, I know that one picture looks like the flames are constantly 8" high, but I actually just tipped them on their side for that picture to better capture that flame. In real life, they only flicker about 1"-2" high and are 6.5" away from the wood beam. COMPLETELY safe! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. what are the black rings in your picture, I dont see them on the supply list

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  31. I am all over this project!
    I featured it today!

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  32. Wow! How cool! You will get so many compliments on them over the years!

    Thanks for linking up with me at last week's Drab to Fab! Hope you'll come back this week and link up again. I love seeing what you're up to!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/drab-to-fab-link-up-features.html

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  33. Those are so fun! I love them. I think I need a few of those out by my pool. Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  34. Samm - I just stumbled upon your block from a post on Pinterest and WOW! You folks have done some absolutely amazing things! I've added you to my reader and look forward to watching your home improvements.

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  35. These look Awesome...
    What are the black looking rings? I have wine bottles with not ring or lip on them so I have not tried them yet. But I see you have your split ring further down the bottle and it hangs fine.

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  37. I just did this project, and I wanted to mention that if you put a few inches of water in each bottle, the oil will sit on top and the wick will reach all of the oil better.

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